CHEO FOUNDATION PRESIDENT AND CHAIR MESSAGE


Mahesh Mani, MAcc, CA
Chair, CHEO Foundation Board of Directors


Kevin Keohane
President and CEO, CHEO Foundation

While numbers are important… kids matter more

Each day, the doctors, nurses, researchers, department leaders and staff throughout CHEO and the CHEO Research Institute rely on vast amounts of data and numbers to guide them through their important work. Budgets, patient stats, diagnostic tests, medication measurements and related data assist in making evidence-based improvements to the care CHEO provides. In what may seem like a world of never ending numbers – we are constantly reminded by the bustling traffic of baby strollers, toddlers and teens through the halls at CHEO that our mission is not about numbers. It’s about helping kids and their families.

Numbers are all part of life here at CHEO because without equipment, programs, research, and supplies we wouldn’t be able to provide first rate medical care to our children and youth. The family-centred approach makes children less frightened to come for treatment, and parents more knowledgeable and comfortable when they put the lives of their children in the hands of CHEO staff.

The incredible thing about the staff at CHEO is that while numbers are a huge part of their world at work…there is never one single child or family member who is treated like a number. Every employee at CHEO understands that treating children is far different than treating adults. Children and youth not only require specialized medical equipment, they also require specialized staff. Understanding this, and countless other issues that arise while in hospital, is key to helping the whole family deal with what are often very difficult circumstances.

We would also like to mention a very important number. That number is $27 million. That is how much money our communities donated through the CHEO Foundation last year. We know the reason that you and the people of our region give generously is because of the incredible work that is performed at CHEO and CHEO Research Institute. They have earned your trust and every year we are humbled by the amazing support you provide. On behalf of everyone at CHEO, the CHEO Foundation Board of Directors, and especially all of the children, youth and families who rely on CHEO, we thank you. Your continued support will help us as we work with the numbers, while giving our children and youth the attention and treatment they deserve.

Kevin Keohane
President and CEO, CHEO Foundation
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Mahesh Mani, MAcc, CA
Chair, CHEO Foundation Board of Directors